A Better Regulation Agenda at EU-level

Despite decades of work to ensure better and more evidence-based policy-making in the EU, progress has been slow, uneven and underwhelming. In this paper, author Mariell Juhlin argues for a new mission-oriented approach to ensure better regulatory outcomes.

Given the complexity and global nature of EU’s societal challenges, including climate change, it is clear that traditional regulatory approaches are insufficient in tackling the issues at hand.

An ambitious and an entirely new approach to EU policy-making is needed to achieve more effective and evidence-based results. This implies a broadening of the EU’s Better Regulation agenda to maximise sustainable impacts by working in a more transparent and data-driven way. Future EU legislation must be founded on greater legitimacy and transparency to achieve better outcomes, as well as to be more widely accepted by Member States, the European Parliament, and the citizens.


About the author

Mariell Juhlin is an economist with a long-standing professional experience as an expert advisor to Governments (e.g. Sweden, Norway, United Kingdom, Ireland, Netherlands), international organizations (e.g. Worldbank, ILO, Nordic Council), European Institutions (e.g. European Commission, European Parliament), private businesses and not-for-profit organisations. Her work has involved undertaking Impact Assessments of new regulatory and other policy measures (ex ante) as well as complex, multicounty Impact Evaluations (ex post). In recent years, this has meant supporting organisations to take advantage of digitalisation and digital innovations like AI through data-driven strategy, innovation and business development.

About the editor

Markus Barnevik Olsson is a Climate & Trust Coordinator at Fores and holds a BSc in Political Science from Lund University.

About ELF

The European Liberal Forum (ELF) is the official political foundation of the European Liberal Party, the ALDE Party. Together with 46 member organisations, we work all over Europe to bring new ideas into the political debate, to provide a platform for discussion, and to empower citizens to make their voices heard.

ELF was founded in 2007 to strengthen the liberal and democrat movement in Europe. Our work is guided by liberal ideals and a belief in the principle of freedom. We stand for a future-oriented Europe that offers opportunities for every citizen. ELF is engaged on all political levels, from the local to the European.

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About Tankesmedjan Fores

Fores – Forum for reforms, entrepreneurship and sustainability – is the green and liberal think tank based in Sweden. With one foot in academia and the other in the public debate, Fores works every day towards solutions and policies that strengthen the liberal democracy. Through our three work groups we seek scientifically based, forward-looking policies on Growth, Security and Trust.